The undergrad minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies offers a wide, interdisciplinary range of courses for students who wish to explore gender and sexuality and its relation to other axes of power and identity, including race, class, and ethnicity. Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies covers a variety of theoretical and empirical scholarship both within traditional disciplines and in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary frames. Our goal is for students to learn about approaches to gender and sexuality in the Social Sciences and Humanities and through frameworks that bridge traditional fields.
Explore gender and sexuality in the global community by dipping into disciplines ranging throughout the social sciences, arts, humanities, and physical sciences. Study politics and pop culture, sociology and psychology, writing and religion, and much more. Minoring in the interdisciplinary WGSS program complements and deepens a variety of majors. Combining WGSS with your major field of study will open up new ways of thinking, bringing gender and sexuality studies to bear on important social and intellectual questions.
Students who wish to complete a minor should file a Program of Study Petition. Please come to the WGSS office in 524 Holmes Hall to pick up a copy, or download a copy here and return it to the registrar's office for approval.
A 2.00 GPA is required for the minor.
Complete one required course:
- WMNS 1103 - Intro to Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Through lecture and class discussion of texts from literature, media, history, psychology, philosophy, religion, politics, anthropology, and sociology, we will examine the pervasive influence of gender on the structure of society and our everyday experiences. Topics will include the gendered conceptions of love, friendship, sexuality, and violence; biological arguments about gender and sexuality; the social construction of sexuality, gender, and identity; intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; masculinities and femininities; theories of sexual difference; gender and the state; and the gendered pleasures of popular culture.
Complete three courses from the following list. Of the three electives, one must be at the 200 level or above and the courses must come from at least two different departments.
NOTE: This is a newly approved list. If you believe a course you have taken that is not listed here is an adequate substitute for one of the listed courses, please contact us with a course syllabus.
- AFRS 1185 Gender in the African Diaspora
- ANTH 1101 Peoples and Cultures
- ANTH 2302 Gender and Sexuality: A Cross Cultural Perspective
- CINE 3500 Film Theory
- CINE 3392 Women and Film: The Gendered Gaze
- COMM 1131 Sex, Romance and Communication
- COMM 1304 Communication and Inclusion
- COMM 2304 Communication and Gender
- CRIM 4010 Gender, Crime, and Justice
- ENGL 1503 Survey of American Literature 2
- ENGL 3339 Topics in Literary Criticism: Queer Theory
- ENGL 3398 Topics in Genre: Memoirs
- ENGL 3671 Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
- ENGL 3672 Asian-American Literature
- ENGL 4663 Early African-American Literature: Writing the Black Atlantic
- ENGL 4664 Topics in Eighteenth-Century American Literature: Women, Gender, and Early America
- ENGL 4664 Topics in Eighteenth-Century American Literature: Gender and Empire
- ENGL 4670 Modern African-American Literature
- ENGL 4683 Postcolonial Literature
- ENGL 4710 Junior/Senior Seminar: Black Women Writers
- ENGL 4710 Junior/Senior Seminar: Murder and Unbelonging in the Literary Imagination
- ENGL 4710 Junior/Senior Seminar: Trickster in American Literature
- HIST 1204 Gender in the Global South
- HIST 2372 Gender and Society in Modern Europe
- HONR 1209 Inquiries in Humanities: Bedrooms and Battlefields: Sex, Gender and Ethnicity in the Old Testament
- HUSV 2800 Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
- HUSV 3510 Special Topics in HS: Ending Gender Based Violence
- HUSV 3580 Rape Crisis Training: Techniques in Counseling
- INTL 2400 Politics of Islam and Gender
- INTL 2480 Global Gender Issues
- JWSS 2259 Women in Jewish Culture
- LING 3456 Language and Gender
- MUSC 1106 Women and Music
- MUSC 1139 Popular Music, Sexuality, and the New Global Order
- PHIL 1150 Sex, Power, and Oppression: An Introduction
- POLS 5101 Special Topics in Politics and Political Science: LGBT Issues in Public Policy
- PSYC 1200 Psychology of Women
- RELS 1104 Goddesses, Witches, Saints and Sinners: Women in Western Religions
- RELS 1271 Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
- RELS 1280 Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
- SOCL 1255 Sociology of the Family
- SOCL 1256 Violence in the Family
- SOCL 1260 Gender in a Changing Society
- SOCL 1273 Sociology of Gender and Work
- SOCL 2268 Social Movements
- SOCL 3402 Feminist Perspectives on Society
- SOCL 4520 Race, Class and Gender
- SOCL 4530 Seminar in the Family
- SOCL 4580 Special Topics in Sociology: Sexualities
- SOCL 4992 Sociology of Sexualities: Exploring "Queer" Theory and Non-conforming Sexualities
- WMNS 1101 Sex, Gender and Pop Culture
- WMNS 3441 Topics in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
- WMNS 4992 Global Perspectives on Sexuality